RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve
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Thousands of gannets and glorious views!
The high cliffs of Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony.
In spring, tens of thousands of seabirds return to the cliffs. Alongside the majestic gannets, thousands of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills, along with several other species, including puffins breed here. Wildflowers bloom on the clifftop grassland including the beautiful pale blue of spring squill and later in the year the cliff-top is swathed in pink and white from thrift and campions.
By summer, fulmars, gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and herring gulls cram on to the cliffs while smaller numbers of puffins nest in burrows or crevices. Shags, eiders and the occasional great skua can often be seen just offshore along with common and grey seals. While, further out to sea, you may even be lucky enough to see porpoises, minke whales or bottle-nosed dolphins.
Please take care on the unprotected cliffs. Paths can be muddy, so dress appropriately.
For more information on accessibility at this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-troup-head
This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Dogs should be kept close at heel or preferrably on a short lead due to the exposed cliff edges and nesting birds (March - August).
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